Legal news reports that a California judge has granted a new trial involving
a fatal Greyhound bus crash that occurred in 2010. According to the Fresno
Bee, Judge Donald Black has ordered a new trial in the wrongful death
case involving three women who were killed in the accident. Although a
jury initially determined that the bus company was not at fault for the
accident, the judge has granted a new trial in the matter, ruling that
the driver was negligent for speeding on Highway 99 and failing to wear
his glasses. The judge further noted that there is no question that the
driver encountered an unexpected object in the roadway.
The case involves a crash early in the morning on July 22d. Three young
women were inside an SUV that had overturned on the highway. The greyhound
bus crashed into the truck, killing the women. The bus continued on, careening
down an embankment and killing the bus driver and two additional passengers.
The families of the women killed in the accident sued the bus company for
negligence – alleging that the driver was speeding in the fast lane,
wasn’t wearing his glasses and that the bus’s brakes were
faulty. At trial, the families of the woman asserted that had he been
wearing his glasses he would have seen the SUV. However, the jury determined
that the driver of the SUV was drunk and was at fault for the accident.
All traffic accidents involve numerous competing factors and require investigation
by an experienced personal injury lawyer. For more information, or if
you have been harmed in a serious bus accident, please contact the dedicated
San Francisco personal injury attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.